Twelve optometrists will join the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry as residents for the 2017-2018 academic year. The incoming residents filled slots in six programs offered by the School, and they will begin their training in the summer.

Part of the School’s mission is to educate optometry students, residents and future scientists, and therefore, the School places significant emphasis on residency education. It offers three in-house residency programs, which include Family Practice Optometry, Cornea and Contact Lenses, and Pediatric Optometry. Four programs affiliated with the School are also offered: Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry at the Birmingham Affairs Medical Center, Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta. and Ocular Disease at VisionAmerica of Birmingham.

All residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. The School filled its positions through the Optometry Residency Match, administered by National Matching Services.

Here are the 2017-2018 residents at the UAB School of Optometry:

Residency in Family Practice Optometry
Mark Ortiz (Ohio State University College of Optometry)

Residency in Pediatric Optometry
Sarah Galt (University of Houston College of Optometry)

Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses
William Reid Cluff (University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry)

Residency in Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Amanda Simmons Duty (UAB School of Optometry)
Christopher Lee (UAB School of Optometry)
Melissa Schiffer (Arizona College of Optometry)

Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Lashaundra Dangerfield (UAB School of Optometry)
Ellen Prewitt (UAB School of Optometry)

Residency in Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta
Aimee Mesenburg (New England College of Optometry)
Nathan Morrow (Indiana University School of Optometry)
Marissa San Miguel (University of Houston College of Optometry)
Kevin Soong (University of Houston College of Optometry)